A6 guitar chords

A - C# - E - F#

Chord Theory

A6 guitar chords consist of the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 6th notes of the diatonic root scale of A Major.

  • A Major Scale: A - B - C# - D - E - F# - G#
  • Chord: A sixth - written as A6
  • Formula: 1 - 3 - 5 - 6
  • Notes: A - C# - E - F#

A6 Guitar Chords - RH/LH

Spelling: 1st(A), 3rd (C#), 5th(E), 6th(F#)

Written: x02222
Notes: x-A-E-A-C#-F#
Form/chord shape: A6

 TAB     e |-2-|
         B |-2-|
         G |-2-|
         D |-2-|
         A |-0-|
         E |---|


Written: 5x7675
Notes: A-x-A-C#-F#-A
Form/chord shape: Amaj7

 TAB     e |-5-|
         B |-7-|
         G |-6-|
         D |-7-|
         A |---|
         E |-5-|


Written: x-0-11-11-10-0
Notes: x-A-C#-F#-A-E
Form/chord shape: Am

 TAB     e |-0--|
         B |-10-|
         G |-11-|
         D |-11-|
         A |-0--|
         E |----|


  • In the second position try and avoid the 5th string. It is easier to barre the whole 5th fret to play this chord but the 5th string is a D note which is not part of the chord. If you are finger-picking, this is easy to do - a little harder if you are strumming.
  • A6 chords are not commonly used in mainstream music, unless you are after a slightly different sound.
  • Standard keys using the A6 chord: A/F#m and D/Bm. Each of the major keys and their relative minor keys share the same notes. The A6 chord (A - C# - E - F) utilizes notes belonging to the A Major/F#m Scale (A-B-C#-D-E-F#-G#), and the D Major/Bm Scale ( D-E-F#-G-A-B-C#).

Practice: If you want to practice playing a song with A6 chords, you may like to try any of the following:

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